Anthony: 'Every little victory keeps you going'


Judy Anthony with Barney, one of the animals up for adoption at the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina.


By Anna Goodwin McCarthy

Saturday, January 13, 2018

As director of operations at the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina, Judy Anthony is passionate about helping animals.

Anthony said one of the best aspects of her job is when an animal who has been at the shelter for a long period finds a new home.

Originally from New York, Anthony lived in Chesapeake, Va. before moving to South Mills four years ago.

Previously, Anthony said she worked as a branch manager for a credit union.

“My daughter wanted to volunteer at the SPCA, so I did it with her and I continued when she went back to school,” said Anthony.

Anthony was employed as an animal care technician at the organization in October 2014, and she has served as director of operations since October 2017.

Anthony said there are various volunteer opportunities at the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina. Volunteers are needed to walk dogs especially first thing in the morning. Anthony said many of the dogs have been house trained and are in a routine to walk in the morning. Volunteers are also needed to bathe dogs and kittens, clean kennels, wash dishes and launder bedding and towels.

Having clean bedding is needed throughout the year and even more so in the colder months, helping the animals “to nest and feel at home,” said Anthony.

“We can always use monetary donations,” said Anthony.

Donations of dog and cat food and cleaning supplies, such as paper towels, bleach, laundry detergent and hand sanitizer, are greatly appreciated.

Anthony said equine pellets can be donated to use as kitty litter.

“It works more efficiently in litter boxes,” said Anthony.

Anthony said many animals have been surrendered by owners as a result of them not being able to afford the cost of food or medical care for their pets. She said they maintain a food pantry to help owners feed their animals in lieu of giving their pets up for adoption.

The shelter’s animals are predominately dogs and cats, but other animals have been available at the shelter like hamsters, fish, turtles, ferrets, rats, rabbits, pigs and guinea pigs.

Anthony said while people may adopt animals, they also offer foster opportunities for people willing to give a temporary home to animals. The foster program can vary from “foster-only, medical foster and foster-to-adopt.”

Anthony looks forward to seeing the wagging tails and appreciative barks and purrs of those animals who find a forever home.

“Every little victory keeps you going,” said Anthony.

Anthony enjoys spending time with her husband, James, and their children, Samantha and L.J. They have one dog and three cats.

For more information about the SPCA of Northeastern North Carolina visit the organization’s Facebook page and website at http://www.spcaofnenc.org/.